Orphan Train: A Novel

(2013)

Every once in a while a book comes along that you say to yourself when finished reading, what a story.  After reading this book, I felt this way.  The story is about a family that immigrates to the United States from Ireland.  The family lives in New York City encountering many hardships.  One night a tragedy happens, and one little girl's life changes forever.  She becomes an orphan in New York City.  She is put on a train with many other orphans and travels to the Midwest with having a chance to be adopted.  Vivian tells her story to a gal that has been ordered to do community service that has been in the foster system a while. They will form a bond despite the age difference and help each other discover themselves.  You will admire Vivian's tenacity at such a young age and appreciate the human spirit.

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